Hokkaido casino bribery trial: Travel agency ex-chief found guilty in court

A courtroom sentenced a former journey company chief Friday to 10 months in jail, suspended for 2 years, for bribing lawmaker Tsukasa Akimoto over a on line casino resort challenge in Hokkaido.

The sentence towards Kimihito Kamori, 77-year-old former chairman of Kamori Kanko Co., primarily based in Sapporo, was the primary delivered within the high-profile corruption scandal involving the 48-year-old Home of Representatives member.

Kamori was discovered responsible of conspiring with two former advisers to Chinese language firm 500.com Ltd. to bribe Akimoto within the hope of securing favorable remedy for his or her plan to open a on line casino resort within the village of Rusutsu, Hokkaido.

In February 2018, the three invited Akimoto and his household to Rusutsu and paid ¥760,000 in prices, in keeping with the ruling by Toshihiko Niwa, presiding choose at Tokyo District Courtroom.

Niwa stated Kamori handled Akimoto, then state minister in control of on line casino resort improvement, to please him. Kamori’s actions “severely undermined the equity of duties and the belief of the folks,” Niwa stated.

Akimoto has been indicted on fees of receiving some ¥7.6 million in bribes over the resort challenge and asking the previous 500.com advisers to commit perjury in relation to the scandal.

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